|State Changes Law On Halfway Houses|
The Board of Supervisors today amended an ordinance that prohibits the operation of parolee-probationer homes in Riverside County so that facilities legally in place before the measure was adopted are not affected.
On July 27, the board unanimously approved an emergency ordinance outlawing group homes in unincorporated communities, with the exception of state-licensed halfway houses catering to six ex-cons or less.
The action was in response to plans at the time by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to release a convicted child murderer, Donald Schmidt, to a group home on Floral Avenue in Good Hope, near Perris.
In the face of protests by the county, the state dropped the idea.
The board nevertheless passed the ordinance against parolee-probationer homes and an anti-loitering law that prohibits registered sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of any school, park or other facility where children gather, as well as prohibiting two or more convicted sex offenders from sharing space under the same roof.
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